We have had our 2010 Equinox for a little over two months and have put just over 2,000 miles on it. It is tightly constructed. The doors shut with a solid thud. The interior space is outstanding, and ...
We have had our 2010 Equinox for a little over two months and have put just over 2,000 miles on it. It is tightly constructed. The doors shut with a solid thud. The interior space is outstanding, and with the 8 way power driver seat, one can adjust for a tall person or a short person. Back seat legroom, seat height and thigh support are leaders in this class. The fore- and aft-movable back seat is icing on the cake. Front seats are firm, but supportive in the right places. The dash layout is pleasing to the eye.
Fuel economy: We bought the four cylinder, front wheel drive to get maximum gas mileage, and have not been disappointed. On a 600 mile trip with less than 1,000 miles on the odometer, it got right at 31 mpg. Around town it gets right at 21-22. A mixed city/highway tank will produce about 24-25 mpg. Please note, though, that we both drive with a very light foot on the accelerator. Trying to accelerate a 3800 pound vehicle with a heavy foot will take a big toll on the city mpgs. Driving a car, especially one with as big a frontal area as this one has, at 70-75 mph will seriously eat into highway mileage.
My only complaint deals with the transmission. The 6 speed tranny is programmed to upshift quickly and easily and downshift slowly. Thus, I find the engine lugging a bit when trying to accelerate from 40 miles per hour. The transmission will finally downshift but only after I put a fair amount of pressure on the accelerator. Putting the car in "ECO" mode only makes the problem worse. I'm sure Chevy engineers tweeked the program that controls the engine and transmission to get maximum mpgs for the EPA ratings, but the price in performance is frustrating.
Also, it is not a smooth transmission in shifting as I can feel both upshifts and downshifts. This is not a big problem but is noticeable.
One other complaint: the LTZ model of this car, that costs almost $30,000, needs dual zone AC controls. The upper end versions of all of the other cars in this class, Ford Escape, Honda CR/V, Toyota RAV/4, Subaru Forester, all have them.